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Steve Brecher Wins the 2009 Bay 101 Shooting Star

Brecher Claims His First World Poker Tour Title

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Steve BrecherThe final six players took their seats at the final table of the 2009 Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament at 4 p.m. today, and one of them would walk away with their first World Poker Tour title when the champion was crowned. Here is a look at the seating chart with chip counts when things began:

Seat 1: Chris Moore -- 1,476,000
Seat 2: Thao Le -- 711,000
Seat 3: Steve Brecher -- 2,016,000
Seat 4: Tony Behari -- 2,046,000
Seat 5: Kathy Liebert -- 1,180,000
Seat 6: Chau Vu -- 352,000

The day began very quickly with the two short stacks, Chau Vu (sixth place, $135,000) and Thao Le (fifth place, $180,000), falling in the first half hour. Every elimination after that proved to be a struggle. Tony Behari fell 4.5 hours later in fourth place ($230,000). Three-handed play proved to be a tough fight, as well. Chris Moore fell in third place ($291,500) after more than five hours of play. The heads-up match lasted another two hours, and things came to a close at 4:30 a.m when Steve Brecher defeated Kathy Liebert. The final table set the record for longest WPT final table ever at 319 hands. Liebert was awarded $550,000 for the runner-up finish, and Brecher took home the top prize worth $1,025,500.

Chau VuHere is a look at the elimination hands as featured in CardPlayer.com's live updates:


Chau Vu Eliminated in Sixth Place ($135,000)

Chau Vu moved all in under the gun for 202,000, and Tony Behari made the call from the small blind. Their cards:

Behari: 8 8
Vu: A 8

Board: K J 10 9 3

Behari won the hand with a pair of eights, and he now holds 1,909,000. Vu was the first player eliminated in sixth place. He will take home $135,000 in prize money.


Thao LeThao Le Eliminated in Fifth Place ($180,000)

Kathy Liebert raised to 36,000 from the cutoff, and Thao Le made the call from the small blind. The flop fell 5 2 2, and Le checked. Liebert bet 40,000, and Le made the call. The turn fell 6, and Le bet 80,000. Liebert raised to 230,000, and Le reraised all in for 796,000. Liebert made the call, and they turned up their cards:

Liebert: A A
Le: Q Q

River: 7

Liebert won the hand and grew her stack to 2,158,000. Le was eliminated on the hand, and he will take home $180,000 in prize money.


Tony BehariTony Behari Eliminated in Fourth Place ($230,000)

Chris Moore raised to 55,000 under the gun, and Tony Behari moved all in from the small blind. Kathy Liebert called him down from the big blind, Moore mucked, and the final two players turned up their cards:

Liebert: 10 10
Behari: K 8

Board: J 7 2 3 4

Behari was eliminated on the hand in fourth place, and he will take home $230,000 in prize money. Liebert won the hand to grow her stack to 4,560,000 for a big chip lead.


Chris MooreChris Moore Eliminated in Third Place ($291,500)

Chris Moore raised to 125,000 from the small blind preflop, and Steve Brecher called from the big blind. The flop was dealt 9 5 4, and Moore moved all in. Brecher made the call, and they flipped up their cards:

Moore: A K
Brecher: K 3

Turn and River: 5 6

Brecher won the hand to grow his stack to 5,540,000, and Moore was eliminated in third place. He will take home $291,500 in prize money, and the three-handed battle that lasted more than five hours has now come to a close.


Kathy LiebertSteve Brecher Wins the 2009 Bay 101 Shooting Star Event ($1,025,000)

Kathy Liebert raised to 175,000, and Steve Brecher moved all in. Liebert made the all-in call, and the two players flipped up their cards:

Liebert: Q 10
Brecher: A 9

Board: 6 6 2 2 4

Brecher won the hand with his ace kicker. He was awarded the first-place prize worth $1,025,500 and his first World Poker Tour title. Liebert was awarded $550,000 for her runner-up finish. Brecher also won the $5,000 bounty for knocking out the final shooting star remaining in the event.